A pair of earthquakes hit Solomon Islands Monday morning, and another struck the Philippines, according to the U.S. Geological Service.
One quake, with a magnitude of 5.3, hit the Philippines at 5:38 a.m. (4:38 p.m. Sunday ET), near the eastern-most island of Mindanao, the agency reported.
The Solomon Islands experienced a 6.3-magnitude quake at 8:48 a.m. (4:48 p.m. Sunday ET), and another 7.2-magnitude tremor hit less than an hour later.
The quake shook Tajikistan’s mountainous Gorno-Badakhshan province about 7:15 a.m. local time.
The 20,000 people were left homeless in the villages of Rog and Gishkon, where 1,050 mud dwellings were destroyed, according Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.
The U.S. Geological Survey classified the quake as a magnitude 5.3. It was centered 80 km (50 miles) north of Korough, Tajikistan, and was about 44.5 km (27.7 miles) below the Earth’s surface, the USGS said.
WELLINGTON, Jan 19 (Bernama) — A strong earthquake measuring 6. 7 on the Richter scale jolted Kermadec Islands north of New Zealand early Monday, China’s Xinhua news agency quoted the U.S. Geological Survey as reporting.
No casualties or damages were reported. The Kermadec Islands are uninhabited apart from Raoul, where the Department of Conservation maintains a field station.
The quake occurred at 3:11 a.m. New Zealand local time on Monday (14:11 GMT Sunday), some 80 km south of Raoul Island, and 1, 005 km northeast of New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. Its depth was just 10 km.
No tsunami warning was immediately issued.
The quake might have been felt along New Zealand’s east coast.